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Real Estate

A small renovation can make a huge impact


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comp:000051176198:000000220e:7aff 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p>You never get a second chance to make a first impression and neither does your home. Even a nice place in a desirable neighborhood will linger on the market if <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-buyers.htm" target="_blank">buyers</a> are too distracted by clutter and minor cosmetic imperfections that easily could have been fixed prior to any showings.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">It&#8217;s a lesson one <a href="http://www.zillow.com/dc/" target="_blank">Washington, DC</a> seller learned the hard way. Her basement condo — just two blocks from a Metro station — had seen a steady stream of prospective buyers but no offers.</span></p> <p>Eyesores such as uneven paint, a bad wall repair job, an empty dining area and general messiness seemed to be scaring buyers away. The <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/" target="_blank">real estate agent</a> advised the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/learnmore/what-zillow-offers-sellers.htm" target="_blank">seller</a> to lower her asking price by $10,000, prompting her to seek professional <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-services-staging/" target="_blank">home staging</a> advice.</p> <p>For about $1,500 — including wall repair work, paint, furniture rental and staging fees — the seller was able to create a fresher, more appealing space (and add that $10,000 back onto her asking price).</p> <p>Even if you have a limited budget, you can make a huge impact on your property by following a few key tips:</p> <h3>Clear out the clutter</h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before-003-9590c2-e1360787277372.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-110999 aligncenter" alt="Kitchen before" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before-003-9590c2-e1360787277372.jpg" width="500" height="375"/></a></p> <p>Clutter is distracting and creates the impression that a room lacks storage space. In the <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/kitchens/" target="_blank">kitchen</a> above, the stainless steel appliances and upgraded cabinets and countertops were obscured by appliances, dishes and other items that simply needed to be put away.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-003-944771-e1360787640200.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-111006 aligncenter" alt="Kitchen after" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-003-944771-e1360787640200.jpg" width="500" height="667"/></a></p> <p>Remember less is more: Make the most of your kitchen&#8217;s space by limiting the number of items on the countertops to a few essentials such as the coffee maker and paper towel holder.</p> <h3> Define the purpose</h3> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before005-79e564-e1360787488596.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-111003 aligncenter" alt="Dining nook before" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before005-79e564-e1360787488596.jpg" width="500" height="375"/></a></p> <p>You might not use your dining nook for eating, but having a designated <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/dining-rooms/" target="_blank">dining area</a> could be a major selling point for some buyers. The space above, located just off the kitchen, lacked purpose and didn&#8217;t seem like a usable space.</p> <p><a href="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-005-d18fa9-e1360787737712.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-111008" alt="dc staging zafter 005" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-005-d18fa9-e1360787737712.jpg" width="500" height="667"/></a></p> <p>Now, a small table and chairs define the previously empty space, giving buyers an idea of how they could live in the condo.</p> <h3>Show what you&#8217;ve got</h3> <p><a href="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before-004-f93621.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-111033" alt="dc staging before 004" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-before-004-f93621-e1360793113851.jpg" width="500" height="375"/></a></p> <p>Did you notice the interesting alcove in the photo above? Chances are most buyers didn&#8217;t either. Architectural details such as crown molding and chair rails top some buyers&#8217; must-have lists, but in the living room above, they&#8217;re barely noticeable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-004-2666bc-e1360787670289.jpg"><img class=" wp-image-111007 aligncenter" alt="Living room after" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/dc-staging-zafter-004-2666bc-e1360787670289.jpg" width="500" height="667"/></a></p> <p>Removing the unnecessary curtains and placing a geometrical bookcase in the nook highlights the previously unused space, making it a focal point. A rug, coffee table and art complete the transformation into a warm, inviting <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/living-rooms/" target="_blank">living room</a>.</p> <p><strong> Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 12.997159004211426px;"><a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;" href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-12-04/highlight-an-empty-homes-layout-with-staging/" target="_blank">Highlight an Empty Home&#8217;s Layout With Staging</a></span></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-11-02/buyers-are-bringing-color-back/">Buyers Are Bringing Color Back</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-09-27/showcase-art-to-brighten-your-home-for-staging-or-living/">Showcase Art to Brighten Your Home</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Roslyn Ashford, MBA, is a former corporate recruiter turned home stager, and native Washingtonian (as in DC). She hosts a bi-weekly tweet chat for home stagers and loves to stage small and vacant homes. Learn more about her <a href="http://www.rarooms.com/">growing company here</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/wdchomestager">follow her on Twitter</a> to keep up with the daily hilarity!</em></p> <p><em>Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.</em></p> </div>
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